When I was 18, I worked at a YMCA Childcare Enrichment Program during the summer months. After much public scrutiny for the YMCA refusing admission for special needs children, my employers requested I care for a 12 year old male autistic child (taller than I was) who slapped and punched me repeatedly throughout the day. I didn’t know too much at that time about caring for autistic children and through the summer I had highs and lows with that job. I quickly learned what was authentically him and what was the disease. I remembered this summer vividly when I read Kim Stagliano’s Washington Post article, “My three daughters are autistic. I despise Autism Awareness Month
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By Michelle Tennant|2016-10-13T16:38:01-04:00April 3rd, 2015|
About the Author: Michelle Tennant
Good Morning America Producer Mable Chan calls Michelle Tennant a “Five Star Publicist.” Tennant, a partner and executive publicist with Wasabi Publicity Inc., calls herself a “storyteller to the media.” Her passion is telling “truly good stories” and “exclusively representing people who make a positive difference in the world.” For 30+ years, media friends have solicited her help in crafting news stories by requesting sources, sound bites, and statistics. An award-winning writer, Michelle peppers campaigns with insight from her master’s degree in human development, BFA from a top 25 drama school, and expertise seeing PR transition from typewriters to Twitter. She’s either spinning stories or spinning at the gym. After hours, she savors the Smoky Mountains with her husband, Siberian Husky, and backyard chickens. Learn more about her work through her column at The Huffington Post. Check out the clients she's currently pitching at SearchPressKits.com.